This cut-away view of the Aquitania revealed the inner workings of a "Floating Palace" to a public enthralled by glowing descriptions of its magnificence - which proved to be well deserved.
The Aquitania was a direct response to White Star's recently launched ships - the Titanic, Olympic, and Majestic, which were seen as more luxurious than Cunard's Mauretania and Lusitania. Cunard turned to the the English architects of the London and Paris Ritz, who also had perfected the interiors of the best German liners for Hamburg America. The result was much more spacious and elegant public spaces that made the Aquitania a passenger favorite.
This poster originally was produced in 1914 showing the
Aquitania as a coal-fired vessel. After World War I the ship was converted back from a troop carrier and upgraded to oil-fired boilers, which were cleaner and less expensive to operate. This poster reflects the upgrades to the ship.